The enchanting Golden Isles was recently named the #1 Best U.S. Islands by Travel + Leisure.
Travel + Leisure’s annual “World’s Best Awards” are considered the most trusted rankings in the travel industry. Each year, their readers share their opinions on travel experiences based on trips they’ve recently taken. In this, their 28th annual awards, they received an overwhelming number of votes from readers. From October 24, 2022, to February 27, 2023, an extensive survey was conducted through a secure website provided by our trusted research partner, Proof Insights.
In 2023, a record-breaking 165,000 T+L readers participated in the survey. Islands were closely evaluated based on several key criteria that included natural attractions and beaches, activities and sights, restaurants and food, as well as the people and their friendliness. Additionally, value was an important factor taken into account.
Respondents had the option to rate each characteristic as excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. The final scores are determined by averaging these responses, crowning the best islands deserving of recognition.
For nine consecutive years, the Golden Isles have made T+L’s list by captivating travelers.
The magazine noted the Isles’:
- Miles of broad, unspoiled beaches
- Wide array of activities for any age
- Shopping for the antique, art, style and outdoor market lover
- Fresh seafood and Southern cuisine
But it’s not just a beach vacation.
Here, you can indulge in world-class golfing, bask in the warm sunshine of the four radiant islands, and immerse yourself in the rich history.
The Golden Isles is a place where time slows down, and you can truly embrace the rhythm of the tides. The destination invites visitors to explore captivating historical attractions, savor decadent Southern cuisine and embark on fascinating guided tours.
With its unparalleled landscapes and abundant wildlife, it’s no surprise that Travel + Leisure readers voted the Golden Isles the #1 World’s Best Islands in the Continental U.S. and the #13 Best Islands in the World. Join the generations of visitors who have fallen in love with this timeless coastal paradise.